- Bud Burk
God Is Faithful (1 Corinthians 10:13)
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. —1 Corinthians 10:13
In Corinthians 13 Paul briefly refers to the Exodus, reminding us that the Israelites in the Old Testament were blessed people. They were redeemed from slavery in Egypt and were provided life-giving food from spiritual means while in the wilderness. This was not earned by them but given to them because of God’s grace. In this context of God’s love and power many of the Israelites still desired evil (vv. 5-6).
Paul mentions certain situations as a caution to us showing us that they became idolaters even in the face of God’s provision (v. 7, 14). The Israelites indulged in sexual immorality (Exodus 32), they were impatient with Christ Himself who was the source of their life (Numbers 21), and they grumbled (Numbers 16). They turned their backs on God and attended to their own desires, becoming overconfident in themselves. A primary reason why Paul directs our attention to them is that in our own sin we are not different; seeking to meet our own desires as opposed to living for the King (2Corinthians 5:15).
So how do we battle what is common to man and has been since the beginning of human history: autonomous living? How do we battle against sin when we are so vulnerable to becoming confident in ourselves in the context of blessing?
The good word in all of this is found in a very clear statement in verse 13, “God is faithful.” He will “provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” You can see any test through that comes your way because of God’s faithfulness. God is true to the many varied perfections of His character and one of those is that He keeps His promises. He is faithful. It really boils down to belief doesn’t it? As you read this, it is a new day. Do you believe that God is faithful to provide all that you need to walk through trials, tests, and temptations for the honor of His great name? In short: do you believe?
Take heart, we have an advocate with the Father and He is the propitiation for our sins (1 John 1:8-2:2). This advocate died in our place and rose again. His life was sinless. His name is Jesus and he purchased this great promise by His blood (2 Corinthians 1:20). If you have trusted in Him alone for the forgiveness of your sins He is with you right now and always will be; even in this very moment. He provides all that you need to honor Him on such a day as this.
Our God is faithful to help us persevere and battle against sin. This battle is in our hearts, so may we appropriate God’s faithfulness deep within so that in our down-to-earth lives today we will believe. We needed grace to come alive for God’s glory and we need grace to keep living for God’s glory. God is faithful to grant it in Jesus’s name.
What is primarily behind our sin?
Where do you look when your faith is weak?
Consider some recent circumstances in your life where God has proven his faithfulness. Rejoice and give thanks to Him.